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The Death Of Santini

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TOO CLOSE TO THE SOURCE? Author Pat Conroy mines for stories from his own life in The Death of Santini

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
9047
publisher:
Nan A. Talese
genre:
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B-

The author of The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides has been writing about ”the great wound that is [his] family” for 40 years, and it remains a raw gash on his psyche. With the death of his father, a Marine brute who terrorized his wife and six children, Conroy aims to put the family trauma to rest, but his catharsis gives way to score-settling tales that occasionally test credulity. In the end, Conroy comes off as an unreliable narrator in his own life story. B-

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